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Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! Winner of an Award of Excellence in the 2003 Chicago Book Clinic! What is real? What is truth? What can we know? What should we believe? What should we do and why? Is there a God? Can we know him? Do Christian doctrines make sense? Can we believe in God in the face of evil? These are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants ans Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! Winner of an Award of Excellence in the 2003 Chicago Book Clinic! What is real? What is truth? What can we know? What should we believe? What should we do and why? Is there a God? Can we know him? Do Christian doctrines make sense? Can we believe in God in the face of evil? These are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants answers to. These are questions that philosophy addresses. And the answers we give to these kinds of questions serve as the the foundation stones for constructing any kind of worldview. InPhilosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. In their broad sweep they seek to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They do so with characteristic clarity and incisiveness. Arguments are clearly outlined, and rival theories are presented with fairness and accuracy. Philosophy, they contend, aids Christians in the tasks of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology. It reflects our having been made in the image of God, helps us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitates the spiritual discipline of study, enhances the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning. Here is a lively and thorough introduction to philosophy for all who want to know reality.


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Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! Winner of an Award of Excellence in the 2003 Chicago Book Clinic! What is real? What is truth? What can we know? What should we believe? What should we do and why? Is there a God? Can we know him? Do Christian doctrines make sense? Can we believe in God in the face of evil? These are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants ans Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! Winner of an Award of Excellence in the 2003 Chicago Book Clinic! What is real? What is truth? What can we know? What should we believe? What should we do and why? Is there a God? Can we know him? Do Christian doctrines make sense? Can we believe in God in the face of evil? These are fundamental questions that any thinking person wants answers to. These are questions that philosophy addresses. And the answers we give to these kinds of questions serve as the the foundation stones for constructing any kind of worldview. InPhilosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. In their broad sweep they seek to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They do so with characteristic clarity and incisiveness. Arguments are clearly outlined, and rival theories are presented with fairness and accuracy. Philosophy, they contend, aids Christians in the tasks of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology. It reflects our having been made in the image of God, helps us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitates the spiritual discipline of study, enhances the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning. Here is a lively and thorough introduction to philosophy for all who want to know reality.

30 review for Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This is a great introduction to philosophy in general, the philosophy of religion and Christianity in particular. If the reader masters each section, s/he will have the equivalent (almost) of an undergraduate education in philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. Broad topics discussed are: Introduction to philosophy, Introduction to Logic (very brief and scattered), Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. This is achieved in This is a great introduction to philosophy in general, the philosophy of religion and Christianity in particular. If the reader masters each section, s/he will have the equivalent (almost) of an undergraduate education in philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. Broad topics discussed are: Introduction to philosophy, Introduction to Logic (very brief and scattered), Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. This is achieved in 626 pages. Even though I disagree with the authors (Moreland and Craig) in many areas (for example, freedom of the will, internalism and evidentialism with respect to justification - though they seem friendly towards externalism, Thomistic dualism (though I could be persuaded), as well as a few other areas), I can't say enough about the value this book holds for both the young Christian thinker, as well as the Christian in the pew. The Christian in the pew will be light years ahead of his co-workers if s/he reads this book. It will make you able to deal effectively with not only every day situations where critical thinking skills are important, but also objections to the faith. The Reformed Christian will want to supplement (or skip) some of the usual suspects (libertarianism about the will, for example) and look elsewhere. Helm, Frame, Sudduth, Welty, Anderson are helpful Reformed Christians. Guys like John Fischer are helpful for the free will debate, even though Fischer isn't a Christian. If you're presuppositionally inclined, you'll want to supplement this book with writings by Bahnsen, Frame, Van Til, Oliphint, etc. My advice would be to read the entire book, though. This will help you to become conversant with libertarianism, among other things. And, reading the traditional arguments for God will at least allow you to develop defeater-defeaters, or cummulative case arguments, for God. This is beneficial even if you're a hard-core presuppositionalist.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Aitken

    Time and a second reading, along with various shifts in worldview, can fundamentally alter one's perception of an author. My first experience with Moreland and Craig, Moreland in particular, was *Love your God with all Your Mind.* Despite the title's fluffy, evangelicalish devotional appeal, LYGWALM actually was very rigorous and probably did more for getting my intellectual life started than anything else. I decided to read everything by Moreland (and Craig). Since *Philosophical Foundations of Time and a second reading, along with various shifts in worldview, can fundamentally alter one's perception of an author. My first experience with Moreland and Craig, Moreland in particular, was *Love your God with all Your Mind.* Despite the title's fluffy, evangelicalish devotional appeal, LYGWALM actually was very rigorous and probably did more for getting my intellectual life started than anything else. I decided to read everything by Moreland (and Craig). Since *Philosophical Foundations of a Christian Worldview* had just come out in 2003, I felt it would be a good text to read. When I got it though, I experienced several let-downs. It was waay over my head. And the parts I did understand I had to reject: Molinism and the classical arguments for the existence of God. I began studying ethics and Moreland/Craig's section on ethics, emphasizing the roles of normative, situational, and personal ethics, was outstanding. The Book's Value: They show the philosophical difficulties with all of Western philosophy (and theology). The Book's Highpoints: 1. Excellent, if somewhat intellectually painful, chapter on how to do logic. Be warned, this is very, very hard to read. 2. Gives a good discussion on whether knowledge is really "justified, true belief." 3. Introduces the reader to the categories of time, substance, and space. 4. Very good internal critique of Scient(ISM)'s presuppositions. Completely defangs modern science. 5. Excellent discussion on the nature of ethical reasoning. 6. Good critique of the Western doctrine of Absolute Divine Simplicity. Cons of the Book: 1. This book is simply too hard and inaccessible for most people. 2. I admit--I now see that their proofs for the existence of God are logically compatible. I reject the presuppositional critique of the Five ways. However, who has actually been convinced by this reasoning? 3. The chapter on Molinism is very interesting However, I am not sure Molinism isn't itself another variant of Augustinian determinism. Conclusion: As a reference resource, this book is outstanding. However, to fully understand what they are saying, one needs to read upper-level philosophy and theology for about a year (I had to study for three or four years) to really understand what they are saying.

  3. 4 out of 5

    J. Wallace

    Good book that discusses the philosophical biases and presuppositions that impact issues of faith and reason. I also discuss this topic in my book, “Cold Case Christianity” (Chapter 1: Don’t Be A “Know-It-All”) Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamey

    This is a bit like reading Paradise Lost -- but with none of the pleasure -- in that you're watching the contortions of a Christian as he struggles to deceive himself and his naive readers, and you sense that somewhere beneath all this casuistry the guy knows that what he's saying just cannot be true. A special aspect of the disingenuous hokum in this book and others in its little posse -- the recent Christian "worldview" books, for instance To Every One An Answer by Norman Geisler, or Naming th This is a bit like reading Paradise Lost -- but with none of the pleasure -- in that you're watching the contortions of a Christian as he struggles to deceive himself and his naive readers, and you sense that somewhere beneath all this casuistry the guy knows that what he's saying just cannot be true. A special aspect of the disingenuous hokum in this book and others in its little posse -- the recent Christian "worldview" books, for instance To Every One An Answer by Norman Geisler, or Naming the Elephant by James Sire -- is this: they figured out that you piss people off and look dumb if you stick with the claim that your religion is uniquely true, but they remain committed to the premise that, well, their religion is uniquely true. So they creep up to the edge of the terrifying abyss of relativism (which is actually the edge of intellectual maturity) and then stop short because they're just pretending to respect other worldviews. Just as "intelligent design" is a sneaky extension of creationism, this worldview-Christianity uses the language of pluralism to smuggle-in its own beshitted security blanket.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Clinton Wilcox

    An excellent introduction to philosophy written by two Christian intellectual heavyweights. They don't just review the positions they take, but they review other positions on a multitude of different topics and give them a fair treatment. It is probably not for everyone; those without an interest in philosophy probably won't find it very stimulating. But if you'd like to go deeper in your Christian faith, or if you're just looking for a general introduction to philosophy, this is a great book fo An excellent introduction to philosophy written by two Christian intellectual heavyweights. They don't just review the positions they take, but they review other positions on a multitude of different topics and give them a fair treatment. It is probably not for everyone; those without an interest in philosophy probably won't find it very stimulating. But if you'd like to go deeper in your Christian faith, or if you're just looking for a general introduction to philosophy, this is a great book for you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    When one thinks about philosophy and religion in America, one tends to think of an intellectual war not too dissimilar to that between science and religion, if there even is such a thing. However, one development in academia in recent years has been the philosophical resurrection of theism as a plausible intellectual alternative. Authors William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland have been at the forefront of this movement and this textbook represents their synthesis of Western philosophical thinking When one thinks about philosophy and religion in America, one tends to think of an intellectual war not too dissimilar to that between science and religion, if there even is such a thing. However, one development in academia in recent years has been the philosophical resurrection of theism as a plausible intellectual alternative. Authors William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland have been at the forefront of this movement and this textbook represents their synthesis of Western philosophical thinking and Christian theism. And when I say textbook, I mean it. This is not a very accessible book to the casual reader. In fact, the casual reader would be better off tackling Mr. Craig's On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision or Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics. This book is targeted for philosophy students at a university level, and Christian philosophy students in particular. The uninitiated will have a difficult time slogging through this book like I did with chapter 2's rules of logic and argumentation being a particularly early and high hurdle to leap over. Better to take the authors at their word and use this book more as a reference rather than as a book to be read cover to cover. That is not to say that none of this is interesting or insightful. Parts IV and VI, which deal with the philosophy of science and the philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, are particularly interesting. In some ways this is not a great textbook either. Although it has chapter summaries and lists of key words used in each chapter, there are no chapter questions to answer to aid in comprehension, nor are the key words defined at the end of the chapter, although they are bolded throughout the text, so finding their definitions shouldn't be too hard. The final word though is to try your hand at an easier book if you are not already familiar with philosophical concepts and if you are familiar to use this book as a reference book rather than a book to read casually.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Frank Peters

    This was a textbook, and therefore not designed for light reading. As described, it is an introductory textbook to Philosophy, from a Christian perspective. The introductory chapters were excellent, and the section on logic was even enjoyable. Section 2, on Epistemology was also an excellent introduction. I found large portions of Section 3, on Metaphysics, to be dull or incomprehensible. But, it is very possible that this was entirely my fault. Section 4, Philosophy of Science was mostly excell This was a textbook, and therefore not designed for light reading. As described, it is an introductory textbook to Philosophy, from a Christian perspective. The introductory chapters were excellent, and the section on logic was even enjoyable. Section 2, on Epistemology was also an excellent introduction. I found large portions of Section 3, on Metaphysics, to be dull or incomprehensible. But, it is very possible that this was entirely my fault. Section 4, Philosophy of Science was mostly excellent. As a Physicist, this was the only section that intersected with my expertise. I am impressed with the amount of reading and research the authors clearly did in order to put this section together. Unfortunately, this section did have some clear difficulties (I would be inclined to say errors), that any Physicist would balk at. As an expert in optics, I found the suggestion that “redness” was a property that was fundamental, and existent outside of the universe (like and even number, for example) to be rather shocking. On the other hand, the arguments relating to how we can trust our scientific investigations in light of either theism or atheistic naturalism were excellent. The section (5) on Ethics was also very good. The authors brutally applied logic towards the problems encountered when those who believe in relativism encounter evil. I hope to put those arguments into good use at some point. The final section (7) on Philosophy of religion was actually a letdown. Some subsections were excellent; others were dreary, while others were simply disappointing. For example the last section on Christian Particularism has so many interesting aspects associated with it. These were introduced and then almost completely glossed over. It seems as if the authors were suddenly afraid of antagonising a particular denomination (or special interest group) and losing book sales as a result. Thus their comments remained mostly ambiguous. The editing of the text was below what would be expected with spelling and grammatical errors, and even possibly some words missing. But, all told, the book was well worth reading, and I will almost certainly return to various sections again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luis Alexandre Ribeiro Branco

    In this book J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig deals with a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective, seeking to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They act in characteristic clarity and incisiveness. The book reflects about the reality of man been made in the image of God, helping us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addr In this book J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig deals with a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective, seeking to introduce readers to the principal subdisciplines of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics and philosophy of religion. They act in characteristic clarity and incisiveness. The book reflects about the reality of man been made in the image of God, helping us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitating the spiritual discipline of study, enhancing the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning. The content of the book is solid and helpful to all that desires to comprehend the basic foundations of philosophy. It is a dense book with a great deal of information requires from us the task of going back and forward as much time as it is necessary to understand its many ideas. Due to my personal interest in the subject of postmodernism I got a good insight from the chapter six, THEORIES OF TRUTH AND POSTMODERNISM. The view presented of postmodernism as a loose coalition of diverse thinkers from several different academic disciplines made me realize about the great task ahead of me to improve my research in this subject. The main gain for me and my ministry in studying this material was tantamount to understand that the postmodernism is a rejection of truth, objective rationality and authorial meaning in texts. The question that raises in my mind is how can I impart truth to a generation that rejects it totally? That will be just my search for an answer.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A great and fairly comprehensive overview of all the major issues in philosophy and philosophy of religion from a Christian perspective. I don't agree with every stance the authors take and they tackle many issues from a specific Christian tradition (Arminianism), but this is still an invaluable resource.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John

    Together with the disciplines of biblical and theological studies, philosophical studies are widely recognized as an indispensable model for constructing a Christian worldview. There have been several influential works that have historically shaped the philosophical conversation, but few contemporary works have been more influential than Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig. Now a newly revised and updated second edition of this book contin Together with the disciplines of biblical and theological studies, philosophical studies are widely recognized as an indispensable model for constructing a Christian worldview. There have been several influential works that have historically shaped the philosophical conversation, but few contemporary works have been more influential than Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig. Now a newly revised and updated second edition of this book continues its legacy of widespread use and acclaimed reviews. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview is divided into six major sections: (1) Introduction, (2) Epistemology, (3) Metaphysics, (4) Philosophy of Science, (5) Ethics, and (6) Philosophy of Religion and Philosophically of Theology. Each section contains a number of important and useful chapters for constructing a Christian worldview. Throughout the book, the reader will discover a number of charts and diagrams to help illustrate the philosophical concepts being discussed. Keywords are also bolded to help readers recognize their importance in context, and each chapter ends with a summary and a checklist of terms and concepts. Moreland and Craig close the volume with a “Suggestions for Further Reading” bibliography with specific sections for each chapter. While these have been updated and thoroughly revised, it would have been useful to see them at the end of the chapters rather than a separate chapter at the end of the volume. Additionally, what is interestingly missing from this volume, in my opinion, is the inclusion of chapter summary questions and a glossary of the terms and concepts used throughout the book. Still, the revisions and updates to this volume, while not overcoming these specific shortcomings, provide readers with substantial revision and added material and chapters—including a new chapter on the doctrine of the atonement and updated evidence related to the Kalam Cosmological argument and the Teleological argument for cosmic fine-tuning. I’ve said this before and I will say it again, I’m admittedly not one with a very deep interest in philosophy. I recognize its importance and enjoy its various discussions, but I tend to spend more time in the arena of biblical studies and other related disciplines than philosophy. That said, I found this second edition of Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview to be equally as accessible and clear in presentation throughout as the former edition, even complex areas of epistemology and metaphysics that are detailed in nature are accessible to interested thinkers. Still, it should also be noted that this is certainly a college-level (possibly even a graduate-level) philosophy textbook and it does anticipate the reader is at least vaguely familiar with its material. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (second edition) by J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig is still a first-rate, one-stop reference work worth occupying the shelf space of any serious student of philosophy, theology, or apologetics. Moreland and Craig do a superb job guiding the reader through the subject matter. It’s not a resource that everyone will enjoy. But, for those who will, Moreland and Craig have provided a treasure-trove of philosophical riches that will effectively establish a foundation for the Christian worldview. It comes highly recommended even for owners of the first edition!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian Watson

    I finally finished this introduction to a Christian philosophy of religion. The book is basically a crash-course in philosophy for Christians. After an introduction, there is a chapter on logic and argumentation, a section on epistemology (five chapters), a section on metaphysics (seven chapters), a section on the philosophy of science (four chapters), a section on ethics (four chapters), and a section on philosophy of religion/philosophical theology (nine chapters). A lot of ground is covered i I finally finished this introduction to a Christian philosophy of religion. The book is basically a crash-course in philosophy for Christians. After an introduction, there is a chapter on logic and argumentation, a section on epistemology (five chapters), a section on metaphysics (seven chapters), a section on the philosophy of science (four chapters), a section on ethics (four chapters), and a section on philosophy of religion/philosophical theology (nine chapters). A lot of ground is covered in this 600-plus-page book. At times, that means that certain concepts are not well-defined or thoroughly explored. I give credit to the authors for the breadth of topics discussed. The section on the philosophy of science is not something that is typical of such introductions, so I credit the authors for that section. Yet why not present a section on political philosophy as well? Both science and politics are critical areas of concern for everyone, Christians included. The writing is reasonably clear though a bit dry, and if one isn't used to philosophy, it might make for a bit of rough sledding. I don't agree with all of Moreland and Craig's theological positions, such as Molinism and monothelitism (the belief that Jesus had one will--if I recall correctly, they suggest that beyond being one person with two natures, he had one mind and one will, or something along those lines). I think their analogy of Cerberus to help readers understand the Trinity is misguided. One more detail: I appreciate the casebound form of the book, but the oversized pages with wide margins, as well as pages that have something like 550 words per page, did not make for an easier reading experience. I think I am particularly sensitive to the size of pages and the layout of the text. Those quibbles aside, I recommend this book. I read the first edition of the book. My understanding is that the recent second edition has at least a couple of chapters that are new. Perhaps one day I'll read those chapters and peruse an updated bibliography.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Denton

    My book club read this book together over the course of a year and I would recommend reading this book in such a manner. We read it roughly chapter by chapter and then met to dicuss what we had drawn from it. This book is not friendly to those who are new to philosophy and really takes time to properly work through. The rewards of doing so are immense though as Moreland and Craig's philosophical treatment of the Christian worldview is impressive. This is a book I still think about to this day, a My book club read this book together over the course of a year and I would recommend reading this book in such a manner. We read it roughly chapter by chapter and then met to dicuss what we had drawn from it. This book is not friendly to those who are new to philosophy and really takes time to properly work through. The rewards of doing so are immense though as Moreland and Craig's philosophical treatment of the Christian worldview is impressive. This is a book I still think about to this day, and return to often. This book will take time to digest but is well worth the effort.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    This was a required text for a graduate school class. Full disclosure, I was not required to (and have not read) the closing chapters on doctrine. That being said, this was a great introduction to the Christian philosophy of religion and the philosophical underpinnings of Christian theism. It will remain on my bookshelf for what I anticipate will be numerous and frequent use.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Kight

    Together with the disciplines of biblical studies and theology, philosophy is widely recognized as an indispensable model for constructing a Christian worldview. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview accompanies the reality of this statement to the examination room. What is accomplished by such scrutiny? The result is this definitive introduction by two of the most qualified voices in contemporary Christian philosophy, J. P. Moreland, and William Lane Craig. Philosophical Foundatio Together with the disciplines of biblical studies and theology, philosophy is widely recognized as an indispensable model for constructing a Christian worldview. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview accompanies the reality of this statement to the examination room. What is accomplished by such scrutiny? The result is this definitive introduction by two of the most qualified voices in contemporary Christian philosophy, J. P. Moreland, and William Lane Craig. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview is divided into six major sections: (1) Introduction, (2) Epistemology, (3) Metaphysics, (4) Philosophy of Science, (5) Ethics, and (6) Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Theology. Each section (apart from the introductory section) contains a number of important chapters. Throughout the book, the reader will discover a number of charts and diagrams to help illustrate the concepts being discussed. Keywords are also bolded to help readers recognize their importance in context, and each chapter ends with a summary and a checklist of terms and concepts. Moreland and Craig close the volume with a “further reading” bibliography specific for each chapter and a few indexes. However, what is missing from this volume, in my opinion, is the inclusion of chapter summary questions and a glossary of the terms and concepts used throughout the book. These additions would make the volume more accessible for classroom purposes and self-reflection. I am admittedly not one with a deep interest in philosophy. I recognize its importance and enjoy its discussions, but I tend to spend more time in the world of biblical studies and other related disciplines than philosophy. That said, I found Moreland and Craig to be extremely accessible and clear in their presentation throughout, even in some of the complex areas of epistemology and metaphysics. However, it should also be noted that this is certainly a college-level (possibly even a graduate-level) philosophy textbook and it does anticipate the reader is at least vaguely familiar with its material. Moreland and Craig do well in guiding the novice reader, but there is truly only so much guidance that can be offered if significant ground is going to be covered, and significant ground is covered in this volume. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig is a first-rate, one-stop reference work worth occupying the shelf space of any serious student of philosophy, theology, or apologetics. It’s not a resource that everyone will enjoy. But, for those who will, Moreland and Craig have provided a treasure-trove of philosophical riches that will effectively establish a foundation for the Christian worldview. It comes highly recommended! I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Keeping in mind the proviso that this is a book written with an orthodox Christian audience in mind this book does an admirable job exploring major branches of philosophy and not without some depth. This is intended for beginners so is accessible, but does delve deeper and with more complexity than most standard introductory texts. A bonus to this book is the exploration of Christian theological themes, the trinity, the incarnation, at the end. Some drawbacks are that the book casts a very wide n Keeping in mind the proviso that this is a book written with an orthodox Christian audience in mind this book does an admirable job exploring major branches of philosophy and not without some depth. This is intended for beginners so is accessible, but does delve deeper and with more complexity than most standard introductory texts. A bonus to this book is the exploration of Christian theological themes, the trinity, the incarnation, at the end. Some drawbacks are that the book casts a very wide net, and as a result, despite the length, some topics do not get the treatment that they need, particularly since Moreland has no problem promoting particular views (i.e. his argument for substance dualism or libertarian free will or his meager presentation of b-theory of time and his overemphasis of the strength of the arguments for God's existence. Also I found his philosophy of science treatment highly controversial). I don't have an issue with that, but combined with the necessity to keep the treatment at least generally accessible can oversimplify the strength of his conclusions to a fault.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Mudd

    The key to navigating the immense amount of information thrown at us and the purported authority that it claims, is good orderly thinking. Moreland and Craig have put together a tome that if read will put you on the path to discernible, decisive thinking. Since reading this book I have a clearer understanding of my own presuppositions and beliefs and now have the ability to analyse an argument and determine the logic behind it. This makes all the difference when confronted with "experts" who dem The key to navigating the immense amount of information thrown at us and the purported authority that it claims, is good orderly thinking. Moreland and Craig have put together a tome that if read will put you on the path to discernible, decisive thinking. Since reading this book I have a clearer understanding of my own presuppositions and beliefs and now have the ability to analyse an argument and determine the logic behind it. This makes all the difference when confronted with "experts" who demand we take them seriously. This book is quite challenging since the material is not taught in common schools (although it used to be core curriculum in High School)and many of the terms were unfamiliar to me. But It was well worth the time investment and I encourage anybody who likes to think hard about reality to give it a chance.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bud Hewlett

    I guess this would have to be the last of my top five simply because just it and my Bible could keep me occupied on a desert island forever. I have it listed as "currently reading" because I'm always reading it and will never finish. A lot of it is way over my head and as I mentioned in my profile it's caused me to buy a number of other books in order to do some remedial work in philosophy. It has some typoes (sp?)and other errors and I hope that later editions are or have been better edited. A I guess this would have to be the last of my top five simply because just it and my Bible could keep me occupied on a desert island forever. I have it listed as "currently reading" because I'm always reading it and will never finish. A lot of it is way over my head and as I mentioned in my profile it's caused me to buy a number of other books in order to do some remedial work in philosophy. It has some typoes (sp?)and other errors and I hope that later editions are or have been better edited. A very valuble book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This is a must-read for anyone with a Christian worldview who is interested in philosophy or apologetics. Craig and Moreland are top-notch Christian philosophers. Though it is introductory, it is also a moderately technical read and will take some time to get through. Some chapters are better than others and I found the logic and epistemology areas better than say metaphysics. But I got a lot out of it and re-read the book in its entirety about a year later!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ryft Braeloch

    An absolutely indispensable guide to the robust philosophical foundations of the Christian belief system. Examines practically every area of philosophy, from logic to epistemology to metaphysics and more. Compares numerous competing views and clearly shows why the Christian view is superior. It is impossible to overstate the value of this work. I have never stopped reading it since the day it was given to me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wavey Cowpar

    I'm so grateful to God that there are people out there who have thought of all this stuff and compiled it so clearly for me to read and, sometimes, often, still not understand. It's beautiful to know that everything in Christianity can philosophically be thought through and explained and proven to be a logical conclusion. Hard to read but worth it if you can.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Quentin

    This is an excellent book. There is a complete introduction to philosophy in here as well as an overview of some of the important issues in Christian theology. This book helps one see how integrated are one's beliefs in all aspects of one's life. Recommended for anyone that needs to think through their underlying assumptions when accepting certain dogmas-whether religious or otherwise.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Schlie

    This book dives deeper into the philosophical workings of Christianity. It is excellent prep for engaging in conversations with academically minded atheists. Although the Christian faith should not be solely based on systematic, logical reasoning, exploring this realm does bring more confidence in the accuracy of Christian beliefs.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Been a long time since I've read this book and my understanding of the various philosophies out there in the world has been dramatically improved/expanded since that time, so I need to come back to this and re-read it before I can give it a proper review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Comprehensive coverage of Philosophical issues from a Christian perspective. Have a look at the Amazon link to view the table of contents - most common philosophical topics are covered inside this book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nate Frawley

    IMO this is the best intro to philosophy book on the market. Explained from a Christian worldview, it covers all bases from logic, epistemology, ontology, Metaphysics, ethic and ect. Really good starting point.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Backlin

    A broad overview and introduction into the sub-branches of philosophy and the interactions and problems that arise with Christianity's claims.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Excellent! Highly recommended for a thorough (!) intro into philosophy from a Christian perspective. You won’t agree with everything, but so what, that’s the nature of philosophy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Dry...suited for a college/grad level coure. But some of the best work out there at this time....thus the four stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Oushinar Nath

    The book's outline is quite similar to that of Moreland & DeWeese's "Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult" and Craig's "Reasonable Faith"

  30. 4 out of 5

    Arnold Torres

    This is a must-read for anyone with a Christian worldview who is interested in philosophy or apologetics.

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